UCL in the media
Elocution lessons are back in vogue, with many people seeking to disguise their regional accents. Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) says “accents tell you as much about what we project on to people as anything to do with the actual people.”
An increasing number of non-binary people are using them/they pronouns. Research by PhD student Laura Marshall (UCL Geography) has found that “people are increasingly giving wide-ranging answers including various non-binary identities” when asked to define their gender.
Investigators' growing certainty that a single gunman was responsible for the shootings has renewed attention to a longtime concern: terror attacks by ideologically driven lone actors in the U.S. and Europe. Dr Noemie Bouhana (UCL Security & Crime Science) comments.
Honorary Professor David Curtis (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) criticises a call by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to roll out genetic tests to detect diseases, saying such tests are racially biased, cause unnecessary worry and place additional demands on the NHS.
Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald says he has commissioned Emeritus Professor Phil Goodwin (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) to consider what a “social contract for transport” between the government and public should contain.
MySpace has lost millions of songs uploaded by users between 2003 and 2015. Dr Madeline Carr (UCL Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy) compares the data loss to the “devastation people experience when they lose their belongings in a fire."